Illinois Planetariums Offer Safe View of Partial Eclipse | NBC Chicago

Illinois Planetariums Offer Safe View of Partial Eclipse

The partial eclipse will begin at 4:36 p.m. on Thursday

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    People wanting to safely catch a glimpse of the upcoming partial solar eclipse will get their opportunity at events hosted by two Illinois planetariums.

    The Adler Planetarium in Chicago says the partial eclipse will begin at 4:36 p.m. on Thursday. The peak — when the moon will cover half of the sun — will occur at 5:43 p.m. The eclipse will end at sunset, or approximately 6 p.m.

    If the weather permits, the planetarium will offer free to the public safe viewing through telescopes with solar filters. As of Thursday morning, NBC 5 weather models showed clouds potentially hampering views of the eclipse.

    The Illinois State University Planetarium in Normal also will hold a viewing session and free program. The event will include a presentation about eclipses under the planetarium dome.

    Staring directly at the eclipse without the proper protection can harm a person's eyes.

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